The issue arose at today’s meeting of the council, where an update was given on plans for the site which closed two years ago.
Kerry County Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell told the monthly meeting of the council that the after care of the North Kerry Landfill at Muingnaminane is costing a significant amount.
She said however that there’s an asset in it – the undeveloped 26 acres, which has an un-built licensed capacity of approximately 500,000 tonnes.
The council wants to see what options are there to develop it, and that’s why they undertook a recent market sounding exercise.
The council received three submissions from private companies with wide ranging proposals.
The local authority is now going to the next stage, where they will get advice on how they can progress.
They’ll consider the purchase or lease of some or all of the undeveloped area of the site, in order to develop a waste related activity.
The council will now engage consultants to assist and advise the council, but a separate procurement process to appoint consultants will have to take place first.
The council says it fully intends to consult with local resident representatives during all stages of the process.